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Digital Subscriptions > Travel Africa > January-March 2018 (81) > Scoping out the options

Scoping out the options

Binoculars and telescopes can hugely enhance your safari experience as they make focusing on faraway animals easier. But which one is more useful? With the help of Swarovski Optik, Henry Bevan outlines the differences between the two, before explaining the mysterious practice of digiscoping


These come in all shapes and sizes, with prices ranging from £50 to £2000. They all do the same job, but are not equally effective. The top-range items are more likely to have crystal-clear images, HD glass and 100 per cent field of view for spectacle wearers. The Swarovski EL 32 (pictured left) offers a comfortable viewing experience and excellent image quality. However, for the casual observer who enjoys trekking or just sitting in their garden, a pocket binocular is ideal. For health and safety reasons, using binoculars with a magnification of more than 10x for a prolonged amount of time is not recommended

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